John Rogers has resigned from Roy Moore’s US Senate campaign, leaving the former judge with a six-person campaign staff just 20 days before the special election. Rogers is an experienced Alabama Republican hand.
Although he quit the job on Friday, Rogers only confirmed his resignation to The Washingtonian and then Fox News today.
In a statement, campaign chairman Bill Armistead “we appreciate his valuable contributions to our team. As we all know, campaigns make changes throughout the duration of the campaign, as do those working in the campaign.”
But another campaign adviser was striking a somewhat different note.
John Rogers is out as comms director at the Roy Moore campaign.
“Unfortunately John just did not have the experience to deal with the press the last couple of weeks, and we’ve had to make a change,” campaign adviser Brett Doster tells Fox.
— Dan Gallo (@dangallo) November 22, 2017
Which is weird, because the Moore campaign is not so large that the left hand shouldn’t know what the right one is doing.
As Vaughn Hilliard explained to Ali Velshi on MSNBC today, just four Alabamians and two Florida resident advisers are actually working on Roy’s staff. In comparison, “a typical Senate office consists of anywhere from 25 to 40 individuals,” he noted.
A small number of people is trying to handle a campaign in crisis. Eight women have come forward to describe romantic approaches, sexual advances, groping, and assault by Moore when they were in their teens and he was in his thirties. A ninth has said Moore groped her in his law office as an adult.
“There’s an inundation of obviously, national press, local press, there’s a focus on this campaign,” Hilliard said. “Eyes are obviously on this campaign, and suddenly three weeks out, this campaign is without a communications director, and it was actually the senior adviser who got back to me.”
However, an increasing number of reporters and outlets are ignoring the campaign’s shrill rhetoric and declining to hear Moore speak without taking questions. When Moore’s team held a press conference yesterday, it was lightly attended.
Nor are journalists impressed by claims the campaign has made against Moore’s accusers. As Michael Scherer explains in The Washington Post today, the campaign is refusing to document claims it has made against Leigh Corfman, who says she was 14 years old when Moore molested her.
Instead, the aforementioned Mr. Doster ranted and raved.
The Post requested documentation to support DuPré’s description of another address on Tuesday, and a spokeswoman for the Moore campaign said she would try to respond. On Wednesday morning, after another request for the information, Brett Doster, a strategist for the Moore campaign, sent an email to The Post.
“The Washington Post is a worthless piece of crap that has gone out of its way to railroad Roy Moore,” Doster wrote in an email he described as an “on the record” statement. “There is no need for anyone at the Washington Post to ever reach out to the Roy Moore campaign again because we will not respond to anyone from the Post now or in the future. Happy Thanksgiving.”
With professionalism like that on display, one can only imagine what kind of a Senate office Moore would run. What would his constituent contacts be like?
None of this should be a surprise. Roy Moore is a lazy campaigner who relies on his pastor network to get out the vote. As Doug Jones yard signs proliferated everywhere in Alabama during October, it was actually hard to find a new Moore campaign sign anywhere — and that was before these allegations started coming out. Who can blame John Rogers for not wanting to be part of that losing proposition?
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